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Image: Photomicrograph of a hematoxylin-eosin-stained human lung tissue specimen, harvested from a pulmonary aspergillosis patient. The histopathologic changes indicate the presence of Aspergillus sp. fungal organisms. Note the branching hyphae amongst the lung tissue (Photo courtesy of the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology).

Routine Blood Parameters Predict Invasive Aspergillosis Prognosis

Aspergillosis occurs in chronic or acute forms which are clinically very distinct. Most cases of acute aspergillosis occur in patients with severely compromised immune systems, e.g. those undergoing bone marrow transplantation. Symptoms include fever, chills, shock, delirium, seizures, and blood clots. More...
19 Nov 2019
Image: The BD Phoenix CPO detect test will allow hospitals to identify infections caused by carbapenemase-producing organisms (CPOs) (Photo courtesy of Becton-Dickinson).

Phoenix CPO Test Evaluated for Detection of Carbapenemase Producers

The use of nucleic acid amplification tests (NAAT) to identify rapidly Carbapenemase-Producing Organisms (CPO) from samples such as positive blood culture and stools is an alternative approach to establish rapidly an optimal empirical antibiotic therapy or for infectious control management. More...
14 Nov 2019
Image: Simultaneous detection of Anaplasma spp., Bartonella spp., Borrelia spp., Coxiella burnetii, Francisella spp., and Rickettsia spp. on a tick-borne bacteria flow chip (TBFC) kit (Photo courtesy of Rutgers University).

Rapid DNA Flow Technology Platform Detects Tick-Borne Bacterial Pathogens

 Ticks are the most important vectors for infectious diseases in the northern hemisphere and second only after mosquitos worldwide. As a result, there is an increasing public health interest in tick-borne pathogens. More...
13 Nov 2019
Image: Strongyloides stercoralis adult. The parasitic female lives threaded into the mucosal epithelium of the human small intestine (Photo courtesy of UVM Ecological Parasitology).

Systematic Serological Screening Programme Used for Strongyloidiasis

 Strongyloidiasis is a soil-transmitted helminth infection caused by the nematode Strongyloides stercoralis and is endemic mainly in tropical and subtropical regions, but also in temperate regions. More...
13 Nov 2019
Image: The hand-held Genie III scanner has a two-color fluorescence excitation and detection system (Photo courtesy of OPTIGENE Ltd).

Inexpensive LAMP-Based Schistosomiasis Tests Developed

Schistosomiasis is one of the most prevalent Neglected Tropical Diseases, affecting approximately 250 million people worldwide. Schistosoma mansoni is the most important species causing human intestinal schistosomiasis. More...
12 Nov 2019
Image: The High Pure Viral RNA Kit is for general laboratory use and purifies viral RNA from a variety of samples such as serum and plasma (Photo courtesy of Roche Diagnostics).

Enterovirus D type 111 Genetically and Phenotypically Characterized

Members of the species Enterovirus D (EV-D) remain poorly studied. The two first EV-D types (EV-D68 and EV-D70) have regularly caused outbreaks in humans since their discovery five decades ago but have been neglected until the recent occurrence of severe respiratory diseases due to EV-D68. More...
06 Nov 2019
Image: The DuoSet ELISA kit for determining levels of MMP-3 and TIMP-1 (Photo courtesy of R&D Systems).

Vaginal Biomarkers Predict Preterm Birth Risks

Premature birth and its complications are the largest contributors to infant death in the USA and globally. Complications of preterm birth are the single largest cause of neonatal deaths and account for 35% of the world’s 3.1 million neonatal deaths each year. More...
04 Nov 2019


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